I’m going to have to make an embarrassing admission before I go anywhere with this: I’ve never read a word of Harry Potter in particular or J.K. Rowling in general and I’ve only seen one of the movies. I’m not a fan. But I understand the lure and I respect that this has led more people to read than anything else in Western Civilization outside the Bible and maybe Mark Twain.
So, it was with a degree of enthusiasm that I took my Leica to Roanoke City Market today for a pretty good sized spring celebration of the publishing phenomenon and I got all I paid for. The crowd was heavy on the kid side and–to my delight–contained a wealth of redheads and round glasses.
Here’s some of what I saw without much comment, since I wouldn’t know what to say anyway. You figure it out.